usingtherightwords

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English By Any Other Language


English is such a crazy language that it often doesn’t translate well from other languages. Here are some examples.

  • On the main road to Mombasa, leaving Nairobi: TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE
  • On a poster at Kencom: ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO WE CAN HELP
  • In a cemetery: PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS, FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES
  • On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR
  • Hotel, former Yugoslavia: THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID
  • Hotel, Japan: YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID
  • In the lobby of a Moscow hotel, across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE
    CEMETERY, WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS AND WRITERS ARE BURIED
    DAILY, EXCEPT THURSDAY
  • A sign posted in Germany’s Black Forest: IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE, THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT, UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE
  • Hotel, Zurich: BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IN THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE
  • Advertisement for donkey rides, Thailand: WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?
  • Airline ticket office, Copenhagen: WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS
  • Seen in an Abu Dhabi shop window: IF THE FRONT IS CLOSED PLEASE ENTER THROUGH MY BACKSIDE.

Thanks to Eva P. for the idea.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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October 30, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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